August 8, 2011 9:02 AM Subscribe
What is wrong with my bathroom sink?
posted by millipede to home & garden (10 answers total)
I just moved to a new apartment. It was renovated right before I moved in, so the sink in question is ostensibly new. Here is what is wrong: When I first turn the water on, every single time, it smells strange and even feels a little strange. It's very hard to describe. It smells...greasy, sort of? Maybe? At first I thought it smelled like sweat. Something between sweat, grease, and maybe even sulfur. Leaving the water running for a few minutes dissipates it, and the longer the water is off, the longer I have to run it to get water that doesn't smell.
Does anyone have experience with this? Is this a new sink thing? A disgusting old pipe thing? A my-slumlord-doesn't-want-to-pay-for-water-so-he-made-a-well-in-Crown-Heights-Brooklyn-next-to-an-auto-repair-shop-thing? An I-am-soon-to-die thing?
I know the answer is "ask your landlord," but my landlord is repair-shy, and he already hates me because I call him 8 times a day about my downstairs neighbors who play bass so loud that things fall off my walls. So before I bug him with this, I'm looking for reassurance that it is normal and will pass, or ideas for what is causing it, or warnings that it is dangerous and I need to make him fix it posthaste.